Volunteers are the heart and soul of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and can be found on any given day in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands building trails, leading programs or working with youth groups doing community service projects, among other things. Volunteers also staff our Governance, Outreach, Stewardship, Finance and Development committees and serve on our board. They make the organization run!
If you’d like to volunteer with GPMCT, please e-mail [email protected] or call 207 469-6929 and tell us about your interests. Then sign up for our e-mail newsletter by using the box on this page (see green button), to get updates on all the latest opportunities!
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust Volunteer & Community Service Opportunities
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s mission is conserving land, water and wildlife habitat for the communities of northwestern Hancock County. GPMCT owns and maintains the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland, plus other properties and conservation easements in Bucksport, Orland and Dedham. Students working with GPMCT can get involved in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor projects to benefit local conservation. Projects will change week to week and month to month, but here is a sampling of current tasks:
Boundary maintenance and orienteering – Work with our forester and/or Steward and volunteers to locate, cut and paint sections of Great Pond Mountain Wildlands boundary line. Learn boundary maintenance, some orienteering and forestry and spend time in some of Hancock County’s most rugged and beautiful country. Our boundary crew, Roger’s Linear Rangers generally meet Friday mornings in certain seasons. If you’d like to join, contact Roger.
Forestry – Work with our steward and/or forester on a number of forestry projects, from locating and shearing Christmas trees, to releasing apple trees, to planting chestnut trees to thinning forest stands.
Adopt-A-Path – Working individually or as a group, adopt a path in the Wildlands and visit at least twice a year (starting in April) to maintain it. Can be done on your own time. Requirements include willingness to spend time outdoors (with bugs), ability to use hand tools such as saws and loppers, and physical fitness to be able to hike distances.
Outreach and education – Work with staff on visitor information, outreach and educational programs for GPMCT and in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Projects include:
- Educational Programs – join our staff to work with groups of students on a hike or during a classroom activity
- Informational kiosk update – Update our 4 kiosk bulletin boards in the Wildlands
- Plan an event – Choose an event of interest (or work on an existing one); plan, organize, publicize and implement the event for the public. You can present or lead a program yourself!
- Staff a booth – GPMCT has a booth at various events throughout the year, and could always use help!
- Newsletter assistant – Work with staff to write articles for the land trust newsletter and/or release to newspapers, and/or take photos to go with the article.